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Old 02-01-2017, 10:58 AM   #211 (permalink)
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Great to see you post, Jay! Sorry about the miata woes but glad you got them resolved. Can't wait to see the new seats reupholstered and installed!
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Old 02-07-2017, 03:04 PM   #212 (permalink)
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Great to see you post, Jay! Sorry about the miata woes but glad you got them resolved. Can't wait to see the new seats reupholstered and installed!
Thanks bro! Man I got a facebook timeline notice thing this morning - I've had my Miata for 6 years as of yesterday. Damn time flies...
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Man, a little bit has been in the works with the Miata over the last few months. I shook down the car to make sure everything is well again, and I'm pleased to say it's all good. Loud, but good.

I've been hoarding a Hard Dog Hardcore Single Diagonal Hardtop roll bar in the corner of my garage, and felt like I really need to get it installed. So I did...





Dude... I am dumb for not installing it sooner. The car feels totally different, in a awesome way. The whole wet noodle feel is gone. It seriously feels 15 years younger. One of the best things I've installed yet - everyone should do it. Seriously. Like now. Go research and see what the best deal out there is and just order one. I'll wait...



So after thinking that one part for stiffening and safety is good, another is better, right? So yeah I got me some Garage Star fender braces. These things are legit. seriously straight legit. THe most difficult part of the install was removing the fenders. Since I'm a gorilla, I snapped a number of bolts taking them off. And yes I used penetrating fluid, still there's no nut I can't bust...




So yeah... while the fenders were off I decided now is a great time to install some AutoKonexion Aero Fenders. As much as I love bacon (and I really really love bacon), I just can't have my fenders looking like bacon anymore. I was like getting hungry looking at them and shit...





teeheee... FRS photobomb





So yeah, I'm in the middle of the fender install as I type this. I've gotten the passenger and driver fenders on, just need to bolt up the little bumper extensions and paint everything mx5 2nr signature primer. I am doing a little sumpthin' sumpthin' to the bumper that I've not seen anyone else do - a mx5 2nr styling signature, if you will... I'll hopefully get it all knocked out this week, so in the next week or so I'll drop it on yall...


I forgot to mention, I picked up a welder, so I'm going to teach myself to weld. It's kinda a necessity for some of the other plans coming down the pipeline... Oh snap, also forgot to mention I am on sub#4 and I think this time I have a keeper. I pulled the premade ebay Miata enclosure, and made my own enclosure that goes in the same corner of the trunk, but is slightly larger. The premade enclosure is like about 0.3 cuft, this one is 045 cuft. The sub is a Cadence 8". It fucking kills. What was my previous sub history? JL, Alpine, & Precision Power. None could handle the power of my mighty Alpine MRV500. I'll snap some pics of the enclosure for next time, forgot to do that...


Anyway, stay "2-nd"...

god that was stupid....



EDIT: Oh yeah, did I mention I went back to pop-ups? umm... yeah, I went back to pop ups for now... until I can afford the lights I really want... I have to get them on a "Jet" from Japan first, and "Stream" over some cash to Max at Rev9 before then.... Yeah... I need food, I'm cracking dad jokes...
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Anyway, stay "2-nd"...

god that was stupid....
and yet you still said it.

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and yet you still said it.

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I did didn't I... damn, too late to edit...
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I saw your car at H2R when it was getting the rollbar installed. That interior setup is gorgeous, it got compliments all around! Wish I had checked this thread sooner, would have introduced myself. I work out there for Longhorn Racing Academy.
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Great to see you around again Jay! I LOVED the Garage Star fender braces! Those and the DIY door bars(Narek is making a bunch and they are on sale, diyroadster.com ) were my two favorites, although the FM frame rails are always a good choice. LOVE the AK aero fenders as well! A chap over in Italy, old cafe on mr.net, had the factory front fenders cut and modified to achieve the same and the look great! Look forward to meeting up again!
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I saw your car at H2R when it was getting the rollbar installed. That interior setup is gorgeous, it got compliments all around! Wish I had checked this thread sooner, would have introduced myself. I work out there for Longhorn Racing Academy.
Get the fuck out!!!! Ah man, I wanted to stick around and check out the racing, but my parents came down from Dallas to house hunt that weekend! Thanks for the kind words man, once I get some funds together I'm going to get 914 seats reupholstered (got a quote for $600/each - ). I think at that point I'm going to walk away from the interior stuff. Dude, you are with Longhorn? That's bad ass! Definitely stay in touch man! I've done H2R with the FRS a crapton when I had a mini-membership there. Hopefully I can get the Miata setup to do some laps out there. Let me know when you're out at H2R - I live literally 10 minutes away.


Yo GM2k! How've ya been bro? Yeah, we gotta get together again sometime soon now that the weather has gotten nice. I gotta check out your new project!


Well, I guess while I'm here I'll share an update pic. I eeked some time out today and got the passenger side bumper cap temporarily installed. Sorry if it's super-sized. Photobucket sucks fucking donkeyballs & it's freezing everytime I attempt to resize.

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All those decisions you just made make me really happy.

All the stiffy things, no more bacon fenders and a new front end are all the best things.
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All those decisions you just made make me really happy.
I gotta hold up the fort out here until I can drag you back into the game, lol...


Update: got the fenders mounted, but not going to be able to finish until next week. I should have known that body filler doesn't stay right for 3 years after opening... Amazon is sending me some Evercoat Xtreme (I want a Mountain Dew now for some reason) on Monday. So in the meantime, I got the car together so I can take advantage of some primo cruising weather this weekend.






Oh yeah, I almost forgot I promised a pic of the new sub/enclosure... not much to look at, but whatev's...

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Got to enjoy some nice weather over the weekend...

Hanging with buddy "Nohaven" Saturday at his casa. Attempting to help him install some Nakayame interior bits..




Got to take a good test drive with the new fender braces & fenders installed when I went to Nohaven's house. He lives literally on the other side of Austin from me, so my drive was like 99% highway. I decided that the sun would be a bit much, so I left the hardtop on.

From driving it with the fender braces, my first impressions were that they are as good as everyone says. The steering is so precise now - it's literally point and shoot, very confidence inspiring. I haven't driven it yet without the top, might do that today, but the shimmy/shake that's on like every Miata at around 60-70 is basically wiped out. I highly encourage anyone that's on the fence, to go ahead and get them. Money well spent.

The fenders appear to have made the test drive unscathed. I had no rubbing on the fronts - the rears do rub on the flattened fender part when entering/exiting driveways, and on certain bumps, but that can get cured when I cut them out with flares.

Right now I'm waiting on my filler to arrive. Probably tomorrow, I'll begin filling in my front turn signals with fiberglass and filler. I also need to do some filler on the fenders, they were sent over from AK with a small quarter-size gouge in the passenger side fender along the passenger door line. I'm not happy about that, but these types of things are known to happen on fiberglass parts when they are taken out of the molds. It can be fixed pretty easily, so I'm not upset about it.

I think I might try my hand at chopping up the old soft top and fabricating a Project G style bikini top to deal with the upcoming hot as shit summer months next...


EDIT: - went to take a drive without the hardtop after posting that ^. So I spoke too soon saying the shake at 60-70 was basically gone. It's basically gone with the hardtop on, but it's still there without the top. Albeit it's not anywhere as bad, but it's still quite noticeable.
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So I just now finished installing the AutoKonexion Aero Fenders. What? you thought I was done? Not really....

You see I never intended to leave well enough alone. I hate body seams/body lines, I shaved the body indention all around the car, I filled in my rear finish panel/taillight area, even shaved my antenna; did you think I was going to leave the bumper cap not finished?



I gotta run here in a minute, so I'm gonna leave you here with this...



I'll post up pics of the build process tomorrow or later when I get more time...

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So I'm eeking out some time to post up some pics on molding in the bumper cap.

First I began filling in the front bumper light with fiberglass, and putting a few layers of fiberglass over the bolts/bumper cap seam. This was my first foray into playing with fiberglass, and after I made a few mixtures and made a couple of fuck up's I kinda got the hang of it. Make no mistake, I am far from a pro, hell, far from a amateur... I didn't really care how it looked since it was going to be filled & smoothened with body fill. You can see in the pic below I went ahead and began filling in some imperfections (gouge on passenger side fender) & filling inthe faint hint of the body line on the AK fenders.





After I let it dry and sanded it down the fiberglass to where it was somewhat smooth & exposed any air pockets that may have formed, I began the process of multiple applications of body fill and sanding...








Eventually, everything was smoothened out & was ready for primer...



Unfortunately, I happened to get some overspray on the splitter & cleaned it up to the best of my ability without ruining the texture. I ended up respraying it, which wasn't a hassle, other than taking off the tape between the lip & splitter.



I pulled the tape off after everything was dry & rolled it onto the driveway. Overall, it was a bit of work, but I'm happy with the final result.




A few points if you plan on doing this yourself. Tape everything. I kinda cut corners and didn't tape the splitter - it came to bite me in the ass. Also, if you do purchase the AK fenders, be aware that there's some mild fabrication required. There was a quarter size gouge on my passenger fender where it met the door that required rebuilding.

It definitely pays to DIY the install - for shit's and giggles I got a quote from a bodyshop for the work. Including filling in the bumper cap line and getting it primered for final paint it was going to cost me right at $2g's - not including the cost of the fenders themselves.

It's not 100% perfect, I may need to redo the fitment on the fenders if it bothers me. However, I'm totally diggin the way the front end is looking. It made me realize that I need to get the rears done soon at some point. I'm thinking RB Pandem rears, with Project G sides... maybe a shorty bumper... but damn, I want to get those JetStream headlights... Really first tho - I gotta fab up a Project G-style bikini top... and figure out my rear diff situation - weld the open diff? FC diff conversion? 1.8 torsen swap? I gotta reaserch the cost vs pros/cons of each....
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Looks good Jay! This has ideas rolling around in my head. I'd like to mimic the aero fenders on the oem fenders of my recently acquired new project. Keep the updates coming!
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